Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Cape May offers sand, sun and enough activities to keep couples and families entertained at any time of year. But it's the award-winning beeches which keep people coming back year after year.
During summer months, grab a beach tag – required Memorial Day through Labor Day, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for beachgoers 12 and older – from any beach access point, and relax on one of the most beautiful shorelines in the country.
Higbie Wildlife Management Area is an untamed, private beach, great for dogs. Family-friendly Sunset Beach has free parking, friendly locals and - of course - the best end to any day. Cape May Point is remote and its dramatic setting takes a beating from the ocean. Love surfing? Head to the Cove. And City beaches have bikinis and bars in endless supply. What more could you want?
At many of the in-town beaches, you can grab a drinkor a tasty bite to eat. Consider watching sunset at the iconic Rusty Nail Bar, or one of the many other restaurants on Beach Avenue.
Whichever section of the coast you choose to call home for a day, Cape May will not disappoint with its beautiful beaches.
Birding Sublime in this Victorian Burg
If visiting in the fall, bring your binoculars because Cape May is a world-renowned migratory bird watching locale, and the Cape May Bird Observatory offers a variety of field trips and bird walks for novice and experienced birders alike.
Cape May is also home to the second-largest collection of Victorian houses in the United States, and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities conducts walking and trolley tours year-round. The entire city was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and the 18-room mansion at the Emlen Physick Estate offers visitors a chance to step back in time and tour one of the best examples of “Stick Style” Victorian architecture in the country.
For those who would like to stay in the present, the pedestrian-only Washington Street Mall holds dozens of small, independent shops and restaurants, perfect for an afternoon of shopping and snacking. There are also a number of attractions just outside of Cape May, including four local wineries that offer tours and wine tasting.
Cape May hosts a series of larger events during the year including the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cape May Music Festival and the Cape May Film Festival, so check the city calendar before planning your trip.